Singapore – a “fine” city
Singapore gives the impression of being a clean and safe country but it comes at a price – literally!
Here are some seemingly small things that might get you in deep trouble – have you been doing these illegal things unknowingly?
It’s illegal to cross the street without using a pedestrian crossing if you are near one.
So fight the urge to dash across the road and use the pedestrian overhead bridge, underpass or crosswalk. If caught breaking the law, you could be fined $20 or charged and fined a maximum of $1,000, or jailed up to three months.
NEXT: Nudity at home →
Even in the privacy of your own home, you need to make sure you are not being a public nuisance.
This means you cannot be naked while being exposed to public view, or you can be fined up to $2,000, or sentenced to prison for up to three months.
NEXT: Not flushing public toilets →
The law states a person using a public sanitary convenience has to flush it immediately after using it, or face a fine not exceeding $1,000.
It’s common courtesy anyway, so don’t “forget” to do it!
NEXT: Tapping onto someone’s Wi-Fi →
Don’t even think of leeching off someone else’s wireless Internet network as this is considered hacking, or “unauthorised use or interception of computer service”.
You can be fined up to $10,000 or get three years of jail time, or both. Yikes.
NEXT: Selling gum →
We all know chewing gum in Singapore is forbidden, but geez, the authorities must really hate gum.
Smuggling gum into the country and selling it can incur you a punishment of a $100,000 fine or 2 years in jail. Not very worth it for, say, a dollar’s profit for each pack of gum.
NEXT: Spitting →
This law falls in the same category as “human waste” and it bans you from spitting or expelling mucous from the nose to the ground that the public has access to.
This unsanitary (and honestly, just plain disgusting) habit may cost you up to $1,000 in fines.
NEXT: Singing in public →
Singing, reciting or uttering any ballad or obscene song in public is illegal. If you’re caught breaking this law, you’ll be punished with 3 months’ imprisonment, a fine or both.
Singing in public if you sound horrible, although not illegal, is also discouraged.
NEXT: Flying a kite →
One that gets in the way of traffic, at least.
You can get fined up to $5,000 if you fly a kite or “play any game” that gets in the way of traffic in any public road.
For safety’s sake, you don’t want to be doing that, anyway.
NEXT: Feeding pigeons →
Don’t simply toss your leftovers to the pigeons – it might cost you a fine of $500.
Plus, these ingrates still wouldn’t hold back on dropping their poop on you.
NEXT: Jaywalking →
By Muneerah Bee and Pinky Chng, last updated February 2017
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